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Esquire Magazine Wants Real Women’s Input

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April 18th, 2008

[Editorial Note: Women In Media & News is not involved with this story or endorsing its tone, but we appreciate Esquire’s genuine interest in adding depth to an otherwise fluffy story, and imagine that by adding your voices, WIMN’s Voices readers could certainly help the magazine achieve a deeper and more authentic result. –Jennifer L. Pozner]

By Guest Blogger Meryl Rothstein

Esquire is asking the women of America to take part in something huge. How huge? It just might be the largest survey of American women in the history of survey. Our goal is to interview 10,000 women — you read that correctly: 10,000 — and we only have one question:

What is something that men don’t know about women?

Building on our popular monthly feature 10 Things You Don’t Know About Women (examples below, or here), we want to educate the American man about women in a way no one ever has: By directly asking 10,000 of them.

We’ve love the light-hearted and honest answers we’ve received from celebrities and real women so far, but we need your help to understand the wants and needs of women that men and magazines — including ours — often overlook.

Please send your list of things you’d like to be heard to editor@esquire.com and be sure to include your:

–Your hometown
–Email address (note: your email address will be used for verification purposes only, and will not be sold to advertisers or used in mailing lists of any kind)

What do we want from WIMN’s Voices readers? We’re hoping you’ll give us a piece of advice no one’s ever had the heart or guts to give us. Or a substantive insight into women that is too often misunderstood or ignored.

When we ask celebrities, here is the kind of thing they tell us:

“Women grab their crotches, too. We just have the decency to do it in private.” — Padma Lakshmi

“When you hug a woman at the end of a date, if you have any romantic intentions whatsoever, do not ‘bro-pat’ her on the back.” — Minnie Driver

“We don’t want to hear the sound of you brushing your teeth and going to the bathroom at the same time.” — Connie Britton

That’s what celebrities have told us. And while we’re all for the light-hearted, we also know that outside of Hollywood, women have serious, substantive concerns, and we’d like to have that reflected in this survey as well. So, we’re inviting you, WIMN’s Voices readers, to share whatever you’d like men - and magazines - to know about women. And don’t worry… nothing you tell us will be too deep, challenging, funny, provocative, political, informative, moving or gripping. We want to hear it all.

If you’re stuck, here are a few fill-in-the-blanks to get the wheels spinning. (Or, not. Feel free to ignore these and express your own creativity here.)

“It would really improve my life if…”

“The more important thing my partner can do for me is…”

“I care more about ____________ than shopping…”

“Not all women are…”

Guest Blogger Meryl Rothstein is an editorial assistant at Esquire magazine.

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